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It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).
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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.
Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday night. Three days after Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four.
Right when Ben Brust’s buzzer-beater fell Saturday afternoon, it brought back memories of Evan Turner’s game-winner in the 2010 Big Ten tourney. Honestly, the two shots are that similar. Not just from the standpoint they both came against Michigan, either. Both also followed clutch shots by the Wolverines and were released from close to the same spot on the floor.
How about the sequence Victor Oladipo compiled in the first half of Sunday’s win at No. 10 Ohio State? It was so nice, it had analyst Clark Kellogg later uttering this gem: “Victor Oladipo is like a baby’s bottom – smooth and sometimes…explosive!” Quite the description, huh? But it was accurate, as the junior showed smoothness on a reverse alley-oop layup and explosiveness on a powerful two-handed flush. Watch the sequence now and see tweets about it in this post.